Parade and music will bring city's streets alive

Blacktown City Festival

Blacktown City Festival

Blacktown City Festival

Blacktown City Festival

THE 2014 Blacktown City Festival finale will showcase Blacktown's diverse, vibrant community groups and organisations in the annual Streets Alive and Parade Day on Saturday, May 31.

The streets of the Blacktown CBD will be transformed from the everyday to the amazing, lined with more than 350 stalls, gourmet food stalls and exciting displays from 9am.

The highlight of the free event is a parade that starts at 11am.

It will feature an abundance of colour as community organisations and sporting groups take to the streets to celebrate living in Blacktown.

The parade will include floats and marching bands, representative of the diverse and multicultural groups that call Blacktown City home.

Visitors will experience the vibrancy of the city while wandering among the six performance stages around the CBD.

Taylor Henderson, who featured in the 2013 X Factor Series, will headline the Streets Alive and Parade Day.

Henderson will perform his hit songs Borrow My Heart and When You Were Mine on Stage One at 12.10pm.

The creative chalk art display on the corner of Main Street and Flushcombe Road, is also expected to be a favourite with visitors.

The parade isn't the only colourful cultural event of the festival.

Festival goers can experience infectious rhythms, high-energy dance and exquisite costumes in a colourful, entertaining and interactive journey through the Pacific on May 26.

The Whitireia dance company, originally based in Porirua, Blacktown's Sister City in New Zealand, celebrates the unique cultural identity of Aotearoa.

The professional company of 15 dancers and musicians will perform contemporary movement to create a dynamic Pacific style.

The free event starts at 10.30am, at Bowman Hall, Campbell Street, Blacktown.

It will also mark the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Sister Cities Agreement between the two cities.

Details: 9839 6000 or festival.blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

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